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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Universal Life Insurance Building Redevelopment

(Memphis Business Journal) Plans to transform one of the city’s most prominent black business landmarks have been submitted to the Downtown Memphis Commission.
Jimmie Tucker and Juan Self of Self Tucker Architects are planning to redevelop the Universal Life Insurance Co. building at the corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue into a mixed-use office and commercial space. Tucker and Self acquired the building in 2006.

The building offers nearly 25,500 square feet of leasable space, of which Self Tucker Architects will occupy about 5,200. Self Tucker Properties LLC is finalizing negotiations with a single tenant to occupy about 13,400 square feet and is considering three potential tenants for the remaining space.

The project is estimated to cost $6.2 million, with financing provided through a $1.8 million loan from First Tennessee Bank, and a variety of grants.

The developers are requesting a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentive worth $127,400 from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. According to the PILOT application, there is a $9,800 Shelby County property tax bill and a $29,200 City of Memphis property tax bill on the property.

If the PILOT is approved, the owner must pay the tax bill before the PILOT closing date.
The increase in tax would result in about $127,400 over the course of the 10-year PILOT. After the PILOT term ends, annual combined property taxes are estimated to be $107,800.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Downtown Memphis Comission Approves New President & CEO

(www.commercialappeal.com) The Downtown Memphis Commission board unanimously approved Terence Patterson as its next president and chief executive officer.
The board authorized chairman Bob Lundy to negotiate an employment contract with Patterson, 37, a Memphis native who is education program director at Hyde Family Foundations.
Patterson, a Harvard and Northwestern University educated MBA and lawyer, was chosen from among more than 50 candidates including a handful of "exceptional" applicants, DMC president Paul Morris said.
Morris is leaving after five years to lead his family's auto glass business.

Do it Yourself Media Relations with Jae Henderson

Would you like more exposure for your business or nonprofit but you cannot afford to hire a marketing or PR firm to assist you? Put It In Writing Professional Writing Service and PR Founder Jae Henderson is sharing her proven PR and media relations tips to show small businesses and nonprofits how to get FREE media exposure for their business, service or event October 17th from 9-11am at 1331 Union Avenue.

During this workshop individuals with small businesses and nonprofits will learn Jae Henderson's step-by-step process for garnering FREE publicity from the media for your business, service, product and/or event. Also, each attendee will receive an invaluable media contact list, for the Memphis area, to help you get started.

*This workshop focuses on the techniques used to attract local media attention

Cost: $85
There are limited spaces

Discount: Black Business Association and Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence members receive a discount.

To register HERE!

Check-In begins at 8:30 and the workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Get more information HERE!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Job Opening: Customer Service Representative

Job Description:

Location: Bartlett TN

Client: ADT

Rate: $9/hr.

Length: 3+months (benefits available at 60 days)

1-3 yrs. of Experience.
External customer service experience required; call center experience preferred.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to type a minimum of 35 wpm.
Basic knowledge of computer applications.
Strong organizational skills.

Make outgoing calls to confirm installation appointments with customers.
Tracking training and ensuring licenses are up to date.
Ordering office supplies.
Employment Type: Temporary

Compensation: $9 USD Hourly

Benefits Offered:

Medical Insurance
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Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with additional offices in Lorton, Virginia, Houston, Texas and field offices in Washington, D.C. & Los Angeles, CA, Santo Domingo, and Colombia Akorbi is ISO 9001, and WBE certified. 

Akorbi offers excellent compensation, benefits, and retirement options.

Apply HERE!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bank On Memphis Helps the “Un-Banked”

Bank on Memphis is a public-private partnership between the City of Memphis, Shelby County government, financial institutions and nonprofits to encourage the unbanked to establish an account at a mainstream financial institution.

Bank On Memphis seeks to engage, educate & expand. Their mission is to connect the 90,000 unbanked and under-banked in Shelby County with affordable and safe checking accounts, provide multi-generational outreach and financial literacy efforts through community based organizations to promote banking and sound financial management and increase opportunities for asset building and introduce customers to additional products and services.

To get more information on Bank On Memphis, visit them online at www.bankonmemphis.org.